Science and Christianity
Often thought of as opposites, but are they?
. Sitting in my 1 o’clock class on a Friday afternoon, I typically struggle to pay attention. However, one particular afternoon the case was much different. Bare with me now, as I might go around in circles but I promise I have a thought out point somewhere in here. As I attend a liberal arts school there are certain classes I am required to take. This involves but is not limited to Old and New Testament. Upon enrolling for these courses, I admittedly expected what I feel most Christian students have. “I have grown up in church my whole life, how hard could Old and New Testament really be? It’s probably a glorified Sunday school class.” WRONG.
. These courses are anything but a glorified Sunday school class. They require the student to learn everything that can be taught in a semesters long class about the bible from not only a religious standpoint but from a historical and literature based standpoint as well. For instance, did you know that the creation story was a poem? 7 days is a figure which could represent any number of time, but that’s for another day.
. Anywho, like I said, I have a point in here somewhere… On this particular Friday afternoon my professor said something that really resonated with me. He was discussing how many Christians completely pass on the idea of learning science because they dismiss it’s teaching completely. This could possibly be because they don’t want to learn or perhaps “buy into” controversially touchy subjects such as evolution or the Big Bang theory. But, if you are afraid to study science in the fear of what you will find how strong can your faith really be? Are we not supposed to find our own faith instead of simply listen to what we have been taught?
. Science (and I used this term broadly) is a way to learn about how complex the world God created around us is. Really, science is a religious study; if God is what you believe, because we are studying just how it is he makes everything work. Studying science can make one appreciate the creation on another level based on how vast and complex it is. Also, it is humbling to know how small we are in comparison, but how wonderfully comforting it is that out of the whole universe God still knows how many hairs are on your head. Also, the more science finds the more they realize that numbers fail them and the universe is much bigger than we seem to be able to discover.
. However, some people get so caught up in the findings of science they become fixated on it as somewhat of a religion. Hence Scientology or even the absence of religion, atheism. But, here is what I am getting at, in history we find that people have worshiped things such as humans, animals, or even golden statues in what we call idolatry. People worshiping what is physically in front of them, worshiping a creation instead of the creator, the one who put the person, animal, or statue here. Science is often like this, they worship the creation of the universe instead if its creator. Becoming so intent on finding how everything works and how vast the universe is. Not let me get this straight, there is nothing wrong with this, like I said above studying science can really be a religious act. It’s the issue of this becoming a form of religion in which you practice and believing it the creation rather than the creator which becomes the issue.
. Often people who study the sciences and do not believe in God state that science is the answer. That in it they feel it disproves Gods existence and one can only believe in what they physically see and study, because they know it is real and there is an answer behind it, a physical something in which they put their trust. Often, people feel the need to see something in order to believe in its existence however, they believe in the very oxygen in which they breathe but can not see nor feel it. Only the effects of it. …to me, some what similar to Christ as we do not physically see him but yet we see the effects of through the physical just like breathing oxygen. Also, how can one base everything in which they believe to be true in something which is constantly changing due to new discoveries. Almost everything we thought we knew about the sciences before have changed. That the earth was the center of the universe, spontaneous generation, that the earth was flat and of course poor little Pluto, whatever you are. (Trying to add some comic relief, I’m typically not this serious)
. The Bible has actually been a great teacher of the universe. There are several aspects about the universe which were difficult to believe before and modern science has proven them to be true. As stated above for many years people believed the earth was flat, when all along the bible stated it was round (see Isaiah 40:22 or Job 26:10). This is not the only area which we see the bible proving itself through modern science, we see it again in Job 26:7 in a more poetic way. Discussing that God has hung the earth on nothing, which we can relate to earth floating in space. And theses are just a couple of the many examples, I suggest reading “Taking Back Astronomy” Chapter 2 especially “The Universe Confirms the Bible” for more examples on this.
. The main point I am trying to make is simply this; science and Christianity can coincide. If we look at science as learning about Gods creation; a way to gain knowledge on his vast immeasurable masterpiece in which we call home. When you think of science as not teachings out to disprove religion, but to add foundation, substance and explanation to Gods handiwork the stigma of science and religion does not seem black and white. Perhaps the two can coexist peacefully.